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prohibitions took effect. >>> today president obama talked about immigration reform and a pass to citizenship in the diverse bay area. immigration is not just a political issue but an economic one. the president spoke in las vegas but his speech was followed closely here in the bay area. nbc's kris sanchez watched the speech with immigrants rights advocates in eas san jose. kris, how did they receive this message? is. >> reporter: they were hanging on every word. all of it was very well received in one of the south bay's most vocal immigrant communities. as president obama talked about comprehensive immigration reform in las vegas, people were hanging on to every word in the sank we're of our lady of guadeloupe church in san jose including this mother who tells me she is here illegally after six tries across the border. after this speech she said she no longer thinks citizenship is just a dream. garcia is ready to come out of the shadows, as president obama put it. a volunteer acting together says families may not have to live in constant fear of deportation. >> the children, the children are
reform, president obama was at the white house huddling with latino lawmakers. on capitol hill, a bipartisan group of senators is about to unveil its own plan. >> comprehensive approach to finally in this country have an immigration law that we can live with. >> that approach features a path to citizenship for immigrants living illegally in this country. it has the backing of three of the top democrats and three top republicans, including florida's marco rubio and arizona's john mccain. >> we can be go on forever with 11 million people living in this country in the shadows in an illegal status. >> reporter: immigration reform is one of the few issues in washington on which both sides are calling for sweeping reform. >> i know there are a lot of democrats in congress who once and for all want to solve this problem, fix this mess. a broken immigration system and many agree with that. >> i see things once off the table for agreement and discussion. being on the table. >> reporter: there are potential sticking points. >> i think enforce many has to be a big part of it. >> reporter:
yesterday mr. obama outlined his plan for reform. so what will it mean for california and the nation? let's bring in political analyst lay larry gerston. nothing is random in politics so why now? >> reporter: it's about the numbers, raj. latinos are now 17% of the nation. they were 10% of the vote in 2012, and that's up from 2% in 1992. politically latinos no longer can be ignored especially as they get close to influencing outcomes in red states like arizona and texas as they have already done in new mexico, colorado, and florida. >> you bring up latino voters who are citizens, so why is immigration such a big issue? is it a trickle down effect? >> great question. i think there are two reasons. >> reporter: of course they recall the difficulties with gaining their citizen shship an second, many have relatives or friends here illegally because democrats have pressed this issue and republicans have resisted it more than seven out of at the point latino voters voted for barack obama, the democrat,2012. there's your connection. >> so it's a big issue around the country but especially i would
. >> reporter: on tuesday, president obama will travel to las vegas, nevada, to talk about another big goal. immigration reform. political analysts say that the clock is ticking for him to get something done on that issue as well. >>> mark halperin, a senior political analyst for msnbc and "time" magazine. >> good morning. >> we don't want this to be another health care. it took a lot of political capitol. some say it took its eye off the economy ball at the time. with the gun debate, risk of expending too much political capital at the expense of immigration or other big-ticket things? >> there is that risk. but we saw at the president's inaugural address, the president wants to get big things done. some like immigration, like deficit reduction, immigration, are things that he talked about all along. this is a new issue, gun control. we are about to see the biggest effort ever by a president and vice president to try and change america's gun control laws, it will take some time. the president will stick through this year. >> is that because it works? he'll take it on the road. >> he has thi
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